Dogs are possessed of an uncanny sixth sense that allows them sniff out looming danger, earthquakes, and trips to the vet. And you can add pug picnics to the list. The Pug Picnic is a local event that sees approximately 25-50 pugs hitting the beach on the last Sunday of every month. The whole thing lasts a couple of hours tops as these little guys are definitely not built for speed, or exercise for that matter, but it does offer them enough time to show off for a very receptive audience, wrestle down rivals, and generally just amble from lap to lap in search of attention and affection. It’s the high point of their month and, once they return home, they immediately crash and sleep off the rest of the day, allowing Fondy and I to grab some dim sum.
We went to Sun Sui Wah on Main Street, my vote for the best old-style push cart dim sum in the city (for the high-end version, check out Sea Harbour in Richmond). We were treated by our friends Steve and Jodi and did our best to sample pretty much everything that came our way including: chive dumplings, spareribs in black bean sauce, sweet and sour spareribs, chicken feet, tripe, chive dumplings, shrimp dumplings, pork in pastry, tofu, vegetarian dumplings, seafood dumplings, sticky rice, Fondy fave tofu fa (?), steam lotus buns, steamed egg yolk and coconut buns. As we prepared to head out, Steve and Jodi presented us with a gift they picked up on their last trip to San Francisco. It appears to be some sort of Japanese dessert. Although Steve and Jodi weren’t sure what the heck it was either, they were won over by the uplifting message on the packaging: “When our hearts are fully satisfied. Our taste buds are fully satisfied. We’ve found a taste we would like to know. Please try it.” Truer words were never spoken. Who could say no to that?
Let’s answer some questions before I get back to my taxes –
Bugguy writes: “Will we be seeing the lovely Laura Harris or the talented Leela Savasta in episodes of season 4.”
Answer: Not as of yet.
Melissa writes: “If you have been to London, England, what is your favorite “hole in the wall”-type pub or restaurant there?”
Answer: I have never been. I was thinking of going a few years ago and then watched that documentary, 28 Days Later. Are zombies still as prevalent there as they used to?
Giu writes: “Speaking of anime, everyone in my family think that I am wasting my time watching anime/Reading manga Why do you think they react that way and do you know how I can prove they’re wrong?”
Answer: They think that way because, in their opinion, they assume you’re wasting your time watching “cartoons”. I’d suggest picking up a book on elementary Japanese and then tell them watching anime is helping you develop an ear for the language. That’s what I tell my wife.
Mel writes: “in Hide & Seek, Grodin explains to Weir that “the text we were studying says the shield imprints on the wearer. If we’re right, it wouldn’t work on anyone else.”
Answer: That’s assuming the individual that first sports the shield never turns off its singular imprinting capacity. Clearly, McKay wasn’t the first person to ever don that particular personal shield as it was presumably used by the Ancients before him – which would suggest that imprinting does occur but isn’t indefinite given the wearer’s ability to control the device.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Joe have you ever read any Terry Pratchett books?”
Answer: Not yet. What would you recommend?
Anonymous #2 writes: “Where would one find Rob and Brad’s blogs???”
Answer: Probably in an alternate universe.
Which alternate universe??”
Answer: #596, 595, 333, 023.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Oh, and the rumors? I could tell you first hand something I heard said about one of your actors by one of TPTB at an event (NOT a convention. Something else) in LA.”
Answer: With all due respect, I’m going to have to call bullshit on that.
Firefly827437 writes: “Who’s the guy hiding behind the book?”
Answer: That’s director Will Warring. His face appeared on a recent episode of America’s Most Wanted so he’s keeping a low profile.
Anonymous #4 writes: “Hey Joe, who wrote the Bad Guys story?”
Answer: Ben Browder came up with the idea for the episode, but Martin Gero wrote the script.
Kali Weir a ecrit: “Quel épisode tournez-vous en ce moment ?”
Reponse: En ce moment, nous tournons Reunion et Ark of Truth.
Jenny Robin writes: “How was your weekend?”
Answer: Relaxing. I finished Slaughter-House Five and The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Tonight, I’ll be starting Walter H. Hunt’s The Dark Wing.
Siba writes: “I asked you some time ago where you get your plates.
Answer: Welcome back. Those particular plates we received as a gift. I checked the back of one of the platters and found the following: “Queens – Hookers Fruit”(?!).
Anonymous #5 writes: “So you have no problem with an equally capabale (or possibly more capable) actress being out of work so TPTB can keep their golden child in the franchise?”
Answer: I’ve already made it perfectly clear that the decision to bring Carter aboard was in no way connected to the decision regarding Weir. Nevertheless, feel free to cling to whatever wild, unsubstantiated theory makes you feel all warm, tingly and, oh yeah, superior.
Michelle writes: “As a home theater pro, how many remote controls do you have to deal with? “
Answer: I only deal with one universal remote.